The death toll from mass floods in Germany is deepening. It is learned that 80 people have died so far, while 1,300 others are missing.

The Rhineland-Palatinate and Merzbach in North Rhine-Westphalia are the worst-hit areas where thousands of residents have been rescued by helicopter after floods devastated the area. Meanwhile schools are closed and transport links are severely disrupted across western Germany A state of emergency has been declared in the district of Schuld bei Adenau, in the Eifel mountain region, German media say.

The situation is serious in Belgium as well. The Netherlands has also been hit hard, with river floods damaging many homes in the southern province of Limburg.